There are a number of self-promotional ads in this issue as DC apparently does as much as possible to get new readers in the wake of falling sales. LEADING COMICS, once the home of THE SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY, has now been taken over by funny animals.
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Friday, February 24, 2012
An unusual cover that literally could have been used as a safety poster.
Note below that the indicia--that thing at the bottom of the page with information on what you're reading and who published it--is now on the bottom of the first page rather than the bottom of the inside front cover. Eventually, this would become industry standard for decades but at this point, it must have seemed a little odd to any readers who actually noticed it.
Here's a lovely splash for Johnny Quick with artist Mort Meskin seemingly having great fun on this character.
Early attempts at branding in the post-war world. More comics than ever covering more subjects than ever and yet no one really seemed to have much of an identity...so DC decided they would. Note the presence of BOY COMMANDOS, said to have actually outsold SUPERMAN for a time.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Interesting how this cover scan makes it look like the scene is taking place at night but the GCD cover below shows it to be, in fact, broad daylight.
Mort Meskin's art was getting surprisingly stylized at this still early phase. He was also doing VIGILANTE in ACTION COMICS.
Much more traditional was the art on this exciting and fun SHINING KNIGHT story guest-starring Merlin the Magician.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
This cover reminds us that Superboy is, in fact, Superman as a boy. This means that if the adult Superman is, as was often stated by DC in later years, perpetually 29 years old, then these early tales of him at about 10 must be taking place in the mid-1920's! This, of course, would lead to plenty of anachronisms over the years, perhaps the most obvious being the infamous attempt at cashing in on the success of the sixties film, BONNIE & CLYDE by having teenage Clark and Lana meet the notorious bank robber killers. Since they died in 1934, this would have made the then-current Superman nearly fifty!